HONESTY is contagious as far as Rob Barber is concerned.
Mr Barber's heart sank when he realised he had lost the $8000 cash he was carrying for a car deposit last year.
Fortunately for him, an elderly woman who saw the envelope of money fall from his back pocket in Supercheap Auto, Nambour, handed it in at the counter.
To this day, he has no idea who the woman was.
But in the year or so that has passed, Mr Barber has found other lost items and attempted to do the same as the woman and direct them back towards their owners.
And the goodwill has come back to him.
He found a new iPhone 6 on a bench at Caloundra and the owner gave him $50 as a thank you for its return.
He spotted a driver's licence on a bus stop bench, got off his bus and took it to the owner's address, and her father gave him a ride home.
When Mr Barber lost a bundle of bills at a shopping centre, someone handed them into the post office for him to collect, in an envelope with a smiley face on it and $200 inside.
Mr Barber's finders-not-keepers tale follows the story of a group of honest teenagers who returned an iPhone 6 they found at Alexandra Headland late last month.
He said karma "truly does exist".
"Do the right thing and your luck will come back to you," he said.
Mr Barber still holds out hope he will one day meet the woman who handed in the money he lost last year.
She told store staff when she handed it in that she had not been fast enough to catch up to him and to give it to him personally.
Mr Barber, who had lost the money while buying a spark plug for a lawnmower, at first did not realise the cash was missing.
After a few hours, he remembered visiting the store and made a call where he was told the money had been handed in.
He left his number at the store in case the woman returned so he could say thank you, but so far has heard nothing.
If you know who the woman is, call the Daily on 5430 1077 or email email@example.com.
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